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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

Vista Search

It’s one thing when we have to deal with ransomware infections, but it’s an entirely different story when we need to protect your computers from potentially unwanted programs like Vista Search. In fact, some users might argue that there is nothing dangerous about these apps at all. And it would be hard to counter that. Yes, all by themselves such apps like Vista Search are not malicious. However, if they are there on your computer, and you have no idea how that happened, it’s definitely for the best to remove Vista Search along with anything that it might have arrived with.

So, since we have already established that Vista Search is a potentially unwanted program, we should look deeper into the issue. It’s easy to just call it a potentially unwanted program and leave at that. However, if we were to go deeper into details, we could see that this application is actually a browser extension, and it works solely on the Chrome browser. That means that even if you encounter the pop-up that urges you to add this extension to your browser, it might not work properly if you use any other browser but Chrome.

Also, we would like to remind you that Vista Search and other similar extensions cannot enter the target system unless you allow them to. Likewise, you have to authorize this app before it starts working. You might say that you do not remember downloading or installing anything like Vista Search before. However, this extension will not use malicious methods to reach you. It can be found on the Chrome Web Store, and so, it proves that the program is not inherently malicious.

On the other hand, it is also very common for such apps to reach you with software bundles and other third-party applications. So, if you download programs from file-sharing websites, you might accidentally download a few unwanted applications, too. The best way to avoid Vista Search and other similar applications is to remain attentive during freeware installation. Just follow the steps closely to see whether you are being offered any additional apps.

It is also common for extensions to reach you through pop-ups and redirects. For instance, if you visit an online gaming site, it might be full of flash advertisements (especially if the site offers free games). Clicking anywhere on the page (not necessarily on the ads directly) can make the pop-up appear or a redirect open a new tab, and that tab or pop-up will offer you to add Vista Search or any other extension for that matter, to your browser. This is where you need to close the pop-up immediately. Sometimes, the pop-ups are stubborn and do not want to be closed. Then, you can use the Alf+F4 command to close your browser altogether.

Of course, Vista Search is not that dangerous, so even if it gets added to your browser, you will only notice some annoying things. For instance, the extension changes your default search engine to Technically, this is what it’s there for: to improve your web search experience. However, instead of providing original search service, Vista Search eventually redirects you to a modified Yahoo! Search page. So, what’s the use of an application that cannot even provide you with an authentic service? Not to mention that Vista Search might also read your browsing history (as that’s one of the permissions it requests).

So, the extension can be quite intrusive, and it’s not terribly useful. Hence, it would be for the best to remove Vista Search from your computer if you didn’t want to have it in the first place.

Below, you will find instructions on how to remove the extension from your browser. Please note that it is also recommended to restore browser settings to default because there might be more unwanted apps on-board. To be on the safe side, run a full system scan with the SpyHunter free scanner. If you have more unwanted or dangerous programs installed, a full system scan will tell you about that immediately.

Do not hesitate to invest in a licensed security tool if necessary. Also, be sure you stay away from various websites that are bound to be part of the freeware distribution system.

How to Remove Vista Search

  1. Open the Chrome browser.
  2. Press Alt+F and click More tools.
  3. Go to Extensions.
  4. Find Vista Search and click Remove.
  5. Run a full system scan.
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